In Selocta, Jackson immediately recognized a fearless and brave warrior. Selocta, who spoke Natchez, Creek, and English became a guide and interpreter for Jackson. After the Creek War Jackson recognized Selocta’s service by conferring upon him the rank of general. Jackson presented to Selocta a silver mounted rifle with the inscription “Presented to General Chinnabee by General Andrew Jackson.”
Chinnabee Selocta was killed on February 10, 1835. After drinking too much whiskey at a local tavern in Talladega County, Chinnabee took off on his horse and struck a tree. In his book Insight Into An Insane Asylum (University of Alabama Press), the Rev. Joseph Camp, one of the last people to see Selocta alive, remembers what happened on that fateful night. Camp states that Selocta and fellow Creek Chief Jim Fife “put out on their horses at full speed.” Selocta and Fife, Camp wrote, galloped towards Talladega through the small town of Mardisville. “About a quarter of mile above Mardisville there was a large post-oak standing in the middle of the road. The road ran on both sides of the tree. It seemed the horse was aiming for one side and Chinnabee for the other. Chinnabee was dashed against the tree and his skull broken.”
Chinnabee’s grave is located on McElderry Road in Talladega County, Alabama.